THE idea of mission starts with God Himself. Starting from Genesis, we see God seeking those who have wandered from Him (Genesis 3:9). In the New Testament, God sends His Son into the world to be its Saviour (John 3:16) and in his prayers for the believers, Jesus’ prayer was that ‘as you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world’ (John 17:18).
This in essence implies that mission is the work and very nature of God from creation to consummation and the Church which is the body of believers joins God in His mission. And so mission is not just another name for the great commission (Matthew 28:19, 20), rather, the great commission is one of the missional expressions which believers embrace as a lifestyle. The scope of Missional living is founded on the great commandment and the great commission which in essence gives us the arena of Missional living namely:-
- Proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom and nurturing believers to a level where they are reproducing their faith in the lives of others;
- Responding to human needs, transforming unjust structures of society and maintaining the integrity of creation that the LORD has entrusted to us through the name of Jesus because in Him all things hold together.
From this missional scope, one can develop various missional expressions as the LORD leads them. And so it is imperative that we ask ourselves as Navigators Kenya, what has God impressed upon our hearts in terms of missional expressions for the next 10 years? To develop a missional mindset in our leadership and labourers that will move us from our current context to new frontiers as fruitful insiders and/or pioneers to our prioritized target groups.
However, as we move to new frontiers whether by proclaiming the Good News or we are responding to issues of injustice and unrighteousness to mankind, we will uphold the centrality of Christ because it is he who has called us and it is he who is sending us. Secondly, we will keep in mind that our contribution to the body of Christ as Navigators is uniquely rooted in our calling — to see generations of labourers who are fleshing the gospel.
Lastly, one will rightly ask, why new frontiers?
First it is because of the current state of un-churched people in Kenya. A Survey done by Africa Centre for Missions Finish The Task showed that approximately 16% of Kenyans who were brought up in a Christian culture ever attend a worship service in the church. (The Unfinished Task, A National Survey of Churches in Kenya – ACM FTT Afriserve, 2004). What this means is that a good number of people who are far from understanding the gospel will typically not attend a Sunday Worship Service. To engage such clusters of people with the gospel, believers need necessary skills that will help them to bring church into every dominion of their culture and community.
Secondly, there are many unexplored ministry field like Middle level colleges and Theological Schools which we intent to explore and initiate discipleship work. Then we have high levels of injustice, corruption, poor governance, and poor stewardship of resources entrusted to us by God in our society that leads to social and economic inequalities. To Biblically respond to some of these issues raised, we’re praying for labourers and leaders who will identify and develop redemptive expressions that will reflect the heart of God as they live and interact among the poor, the vulnerable and the marginalized persons in community.